Thursday, December 31, 2009

Completed Projects 2009 - Part 2

These are the last 12 items that I made in 2009.
Well, it has been fun to see my progress.
I have greatly improved my skills since the beginning of the year.
 Thanks to all of you who have inspired me to do new projects and learn new skills.
It really has been a great year.

December 23rd was the 1 year anniversary of my blog.
Yeah!!! It has been a lot of fun.
 I just love blogging about my quilting and sewing projects.
 I have met so many wonderful people in blogland,
 and have made some wonderful friends. I have been truly blessed.
I am going to have a giveaway soon to celebrate.
But I want to make something to give away.
So, I will try to make something nice on the weekend since I am off work.
So keep checking.

Happy New Year everyone!!!!

Hugs Ariane

Completed projects 2009 - Part 1

These are the first 36 projects I finised in 2009.
I am so glad I am looking back.
I still have more finised projects to show you.
This does not include any of my UFOs.
I have quite a few of those. 
I worked hard this year.
One of my goals for 2010 is to get some of those UFOs done.
I will come back later, when I get home from work
and show you the rest of my finished projects.

1. Tote bag, 2. Jacob's Ladder quilt, 3. Chicken pillow cover, 4. Mini Tote 9-patch bag blue side, 5. Tumbling block quilt, 6. Front of tote bag, 7. Crayon Roll, 8. DSCF0902, 9. DSCF0910, 10. Skirt and appliqued top - pink, 11. A Skirt and Appliqued T-shirt, 12. DSCF0997, 13. Puss in the Corner quilt, 14. The puppy quilt, 15. Front of bag for Bag Swap, 16. little coin purse and pin cushion, 17. Cupcake purse - close up, 18. DSCF1108, 19. DSCF1142-a, 20. Cotton Blossom Purse SMS giveaway, 21. Let's drive baby quilt, 22. My Spring Blooms mini quilt, 23. Whirleygig Quilt, 24. DSCF1533, 25. DSCF1537, 26. DSCF1541, 27. Cottage Mini Quilt, 28. DSCF1784, 29. DSCF1786, 30. DSCF1995, 31. DSCF1937, 32. DSCF1982, 33. Three Stitcher's Angel projects done, 34. Good Ol'Summertime Mini Quilt Swap, 35. Log cabin Beatrix Potter quilt, 36. Charming Bed Pocket 1

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My trip back home and more Advent Swap gifts!!!

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday. I had a wonderful christmas with my family in Northern Ontario. There was a lot of singing, food and celebrating. I have a huge family. So it is always a big celebration at Christmas when we all get together. We do not exchange gifts because it would be too costly to buy for everyone. I have 42 people in my immediate family. All my brothers and sisters gave my parents a gift and then we just celebrated together and enjoyed each others families. That is what Christmas is all about. The kids got to play games with their cousins and go sliding down the big hill behind my parents place. It was a lot of fun.

The drive to my parents was pretty good. The drive back was another story. We drove 13 hours in a blizzard. Normally, it only takes 9 hours for us to drive home. It was a very stressful drive home to say the least. I was glad we arrived safely. Many times we had to stop in the middle of the road because we could not see where we were. It was a total whiteout.

I also opened the last of my Advent Swap gifts. I just love all the gifts I received. Jeannette made me so many nice handmade gifts. I am so lucky. My main gifts was a wonderful handmade bag. I love all the tiny little pieces on the front of the bag. I love it. It is in my favorite color too. I have already used it to go out. My Mother-in-law tried to claim it, but I would not let her. Thank you so much Jeannette. This was a wonderful swap. Thank you also to Fiona for organizing this swap. It was so much fun.

I wish you all a very happy New Year. I will try to do a post of all my projects from 2009.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I made a Star Quilt!!

It has been a very busy last couple of days. I have been working. I have been trying to get my Christmas gifts done. We celebrated Christmas today with my inlaws. I made a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. We are going away to Northern Ontario tomorrow to see my family. It is an 9 hour drive. I hope the weather is good.

I made a lap quilt for my mother-in-law. I used the same star block as the table runners. I did not  have much time, so I thought I would stick with something I was comfortable with. I used some Kansas Troubles and Buggy Barn fabrics. I really love this quilt. I did some simple quilting. I finished it at 10am this morning. My inlaws got to our house at 12:30pm. So I got it done just in time. I hope you like it. She loved it.

Well, I am going to be gone until the 29th. So I wish you all a wonderful Christmas.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Santa Mini Christmas quilt finished and great mail!!!

I finished another gift today. It is a Santa Mini Quilt.
I used the free pattern Christmas Eve from Kaaren at The Painted Quilt.
It was the First Friday Freebie for December.
She used it on a stocking but I decided to just make a mini quilt with it.
I love the way it turned out. It is going to make a lovely gift.

I also recieved the package I won from Sinta at the Pink Pincushion.
I had totally forgot about this package.
 So when the mail man delivered it, I had no idea what I was receiving.
Then, I saw her name on it and remembered I won her giveaway.
I ripped it open as fast as I could.
I love, love, love it.
The book is amazing. It as some wonderful ideas in it.
I just love French General.
The pincushion is wonderful. It is my favorite.
I love the ribbon Sinta used. The little card wallet is wonderful too.
This fabric is so wonderful.
I sat for about an hour, reading through the book and having a coffee.
I needed that break. It came just at the right time.

Thanks Sinta!!!! I love it!!!

Tonight I have another project that I need to work on.
I have to get some laundry done too.
I am doing quite well, getting things done.
I am very happy with the handmade gifts I have made up to now.
Well, that is all for now. Take care!

Ariane :o)

Monday, December 14, 2009

A mini quilt done and an ornament!!!

I had a busy day today.
I worked, then went out of town with my husband
for three hours to pick up a guitar my husband traded.
We then picked up the kids from the inlaws, and came home at about 8 pm.
I brought my stitching with me on the ride
and managed to stitch the free pattern that was posted on Gail Pan Designs Blog.
I really love this little stitchery. Thanks Diane for suggesting it to me yesterday.
 Because I was looking for a stitching project to make.
I decided to give this as a gift. I quilted it by machine.
I think it turned out pretty cute.
And I got this little quilt done in one day.
Love it!!!

I also made a little ornament I designed myself.
It is my first prototype. It needs a bit of adjusting.
 But I still really like it.
 It is very simple, and did not take very long to make.
I plan to make a set of six little stitched ornaments with a different word on it.
 I think it is going to be a nice addition to my tree.
 I hope you like it.

It is almost 1:00 am. So I better go to bed.
I have to be up in 4 hours to work.

Ariane :o)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Another Star Table runner done!!

I just finished the second table runner for my kids teachers.
 I needed two teacher gifts and now that is done.


There is so much to do, and so little time.

I worked today, and last night. I am working day shift all weekend.
My next day off is Wednesday.
So, I am going to be sewing in the evenings.
I do get tired easily.
I sometimes struggle with balancing work and home stress.

So, I am going to have to pace myself.

I need to start another hand stitching project.
That always relaxes me.
I usually have one on the go. 
Maybe I will do one of those Christmas stitcheries
 from the the Gum Tree Designers.
I do love their projects.
I have their blog button in my sidebar if you have not visited there yet.

I hope you all have a great weekend.
It has been very cold and windy here.
We got 22 cm of snow on Wednesday, then rain, then it froze.
So everything is very icy.
So if you are out there walking around, be very carefull.

Ariane :o)

P.S. I thought I should show you both table runner together.
They are the same, but different. LOL!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Some of my Advent Swap Gifts!!

I want to give you a peak at gifts sent to me by Jeannette for our Advent Swap!!
I am very excited about it. I opened 10 gifts to date.
Look at all I got!!!! I love it!!
I am excited every day to open a new gifts.
My little girl and I do it together.
She is just as excited as me.

Thank you so much!!!!

I hope you all have a great day.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I am back!!! My computer is fixed!!!

Hi everyone! I am so glad to be back. My computer is finally fixed. We do need a new keyboard though. But we will get that after Christmas. Thank you so much to all of you who have left comments on my pictureless posts. Thanks for hanging in there. I have added all the pictures to those posts. So if you did not go over to my flickr account, I posted them.

I made a Christmas table runner as a teacher gift. My daughter claimed it for her teacher. I have started a second one. But I am not done that one yet.

I also made a skirt for my daughter. It is going to be part of her Christmas outfit. I wanted to make something out of the material I had. So she will be able to wear this one into the summer. I just have to finish the top to go with it and get matching tights. I plan to make a headband to go with the outfit too. I made it using the Pink Fig pattern, The Mish Mash skirt and top! I love this pattern. The instructions were great and it goes up to size 12. Very cute pattern. I will share another picture once the whole outfit is done.

I am so glad to be back online. Christmas is fast approching. Ahhhh! Well I hope you are all well.

Happy Stitching!

Hugs Ariane

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Cotton Blossoms Tablerunner

    Cotton Blossoms Tablerunner

Hi everyone, I made a little table runner using some leftover charm squares from a Cotton Blossoms Charm pack. It is for a gift exchange at work. We decided to do a gift exchange at the last minute and we had put a price limit of $15. So I thought a simple table runner would be nice. The girl I made it for just moved into a new home. She does not have a lot of color except for brown and cream. So I think this will add a bit of color to a corner in her house. I hope she likes it.

Hugs Ariane

Monday, November 30, 2009

I finished my Schnibbles Picnic quilt top!

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well. I finished my Schnibbles Picnic quilt top tonight. I honestly didn't think that I was going to get it done on time. I have been feeling really horribly lately. I really need to see my doctor again. But I'm surviving, and taking things one day at a time. I really love this little quilt top. I'm keeping this one too. It was a lot of work. But definitely worth it. I ripped out a lot of seams in this one in order to get it right. But, I wanted to do a good job. So, I couldn't just leave the mistakes. I'm happy that I did the extra work. It was worth it in the end. I really had to push to get through this top since I felt so terrible. I'll always be able to look at this one and remember that I just kept going when I felt rough and came out ahead with a wonderful little quilt top.

My computer is fixed!! Here is my photo!!

Schnibbles Picnic top

Hugs Ariane

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I figured out how to get online using the PS3!!

Hi everyone, I've figured out how to get online using my kids PS3. It's taking a bit to get used to, but at least the screen is bigger than the iPod. I can also use my mouse and wireless keyboard. It's going to take a bit before I get my computer fixed. So at least I can still go online and see all your wonderful projects. My kids are a little anoyed that I figured out how to get online with the PS3. Now they are going to have to share. Ahhhhh! Too bad. I've added the two blocks I've made to my flickr account. I can upload the photos there but not on my blog.

I think my account is .

So go check them out.

Hugs Ariane

Friday, November 27, 2009

Coming to you via my sons iPod

Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know what I'm working on. I finished another Shabby roses block. No picture to share. I only have two more to make.  I'm going to work on my picnic quilt this weekend. Hopefully I can finish the top this weekend. I hope to have my computer back soon.  Take care! Hugs   Ariane :o)

My computer I can't post much now. Hopefully will be fixed soon

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Another Block done and a few cute ornaments

On the weekend, I spent some time with my daughter making some Christmas ornaments. This is a tradition for our family. I always make some simple decorations with the kids to put on the tree. The boys were not as interested so my daughter and I went ahead and made some. She painted some simple wooden ornaments with an aqua color. This is her favorite color. I had bought a Martha Stewart stamp and glitter starter kit (on sale 30% off). I also bought some cheap Christmas stamps. These were $1.50 each. We had fun using the glue and glitter to decorate these ornaments. I just have to glue the ribbon to the back in order to hang them on the tree. Aren't these cute!!!

I also finished another Shabby Roses Block. Only 3 more blocks to make. Yeah!!

I have to work evenings tonight. Have a great day.

Happy Stitching!!

Hugs Ariane

Monday, November 23, 2009

A great giveaway at Pink Pincushion!!!

Oh! I hate to share this with you, because I want to win. But I'll share anyways. Sinta at Pink Pincushion is having an amazing giveaway to celebrate her 100th post. She has a wonderful blog, so go check it out.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A cute little Reindeer Stitchery!

Hi everyone! I hope you are all well.
Today, I organized some of my sewing area.
I don't have a sewing room and my stuff was kind of getting out of control.
So, I spent about four hours today organizing my stuff
so that it's more organized and accessible.
There is still some work to be done. But it looks a lot better.
 I also made a small Christmas Stitchery today.
I'm going to be turning it into an ornament.
I used a free pattern that I got online.
Unfortunately, I can't remember what site I got it from.
I'll have to look around to see if I can find it. If I do, I'll let you know.
I hope you like it.

Edited November 23, 2009: I found the free embroidery pattern online. It's from Andrea Zeill at Badbirds blog. She had the free embroidery pattern posted in December of 2007. Here is the link.
Happy Stitching!!

Hugs Ariane

Finished Block 5,6 and 7 of Shabby Roses BOM

I hope you are all having a nice day!
I finished a few blocks the last couple of days.
They are for my Shabby Roses BOM.
I finished block 5, 6, and 7.
I'm very happy about that.
Now I have the first 8 blocks done.
Only 4 more to go. Yeah!!!

I'm feeling much better today.
Thanks to all of you who commented about that.
I had some kind of stomach virus. It was not pretty.
 But I'm over it now. I'm so glad.

 I had a really good day today. The kids all had planned activities today.
 So, my husband and I were left on our own.
We spent some time together and went out to a concert tonight.
We had a great time.  I hope you all a great day.

Happy Stitching!!!

Hugs Ariane

Friday, November 20, 2009

Ahhhh! More Fabric....I love it!!

So, Yesterday I got a wonderful package in the mail. I ordered some fabric from Flair For Fabric because she had it on sale. Her store is closing, so I decided to just get a bunch before it was all sold out.

I bought some Amy Butler fabric and patterns.

Some Heather Bailey.......

Some Patty Young......

Here's a few more....don't you just love those pink trees. Those are my favorite.

So, I'm very spoiled.

I kind of blew my budget on this purchase.
But they are all one yard cuts and I got them at an amazing price.
They are designer fabrics. So they are amazing.

I've been sick the last two days. I was working evenings and it took everything I had to make it through my shifts. I'm off this weekend. So, I'm going to rest and hopefully get to work on some of my projects. I did work on my Shabby Roses blocks. Doing hand embroidery is always very relaxing for me. I can work on those even if I don't feel well. So, I'm going to be doing a lot of hand stitching this weekend.

I hope you are all well!!

Happy Stitching!

Hugs Ariane

Monday, November 16, 2009

I received my Stitcher's Angel gifts!!!

Hi everyone, I just got home from work and received my Stitcher's Angel package from my swap partner Kylie.  Look at what I had to open. Aren't these packages beautifully wrapped!!!
I was so excited to open them. My daughter helped me with the wrapping. She gets so excited when I get packages in the mail. I received the most wonderful gifts.
She sent me a wonderful floss holder. This is definitly going to be handy when I'm working on my hand stitching projects. I always carried my floss in a ziplock plastic bag. This will help me stay organized. She also sent me three wonderful fat quarters. They are so nice. She also sent a wonderful little stitchery pattern. I love it. But best of all is the little stitched bag and needlecase. Here's a close-up.
I just love the stitching on the bag and needlecase. It's just wonderful. Thank you so much Kylie. I just love my whole package. Thanks Again!!!!

Thanks to Helen for organizing this Stitcher's Angel Swap. It has been so much fun. Thanks to all the wonderful designers who shared their patterns with us to make.

I also received another package in the mail today from my Advent Swap partner Jeannette. I can't open that yet. I have to wait until December 1st to open my first gift. There are 25 gifts in the package she sent me. One for each day until Christmas. I'm so excited. I can't wait to see my little gifts.

This has been a great mail day. It just made my day!!

Hugs Ariane

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Another Shabby Roses Block done!!

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good day.
Today I worked day shift. It was a good day,
but I had a really bad headache.
It got so bad that I ended up having to rest for a
few hours when I got home.
But then when I got up again I was better.

I didn't feel like working on my Picnic quilt tonight,
so I decided to finish one of my Shabby Roses Blocks.
This is block #8. I haven't done block 5,6 or 7.
But I really liked this one so I jumped ahead.
Now it's done.

 I really like it. I have to get a few more of these ready
so that I can work on them. This is one of the projects
I'm hoping to get done before the end of the year.
Well, I have to work again in the morning.
So I have to go to bed now. Have a good night!!!

Hugs Ariane

Friday, November 13, 2009

I started my Picnic Schnibbles quilt top!

Hi everyone! I got my Schnibbles Picnic pattern today
and the two charm packs that I'm using to make it.
 I decided to use Simply Abundance.

I've been just loving that material from a distance
and decided to finally order the charm packs and a bit of yardage to make this quilt.
I love it. I'm going to order a bit more yardage of some of the colors.
The red and the aqua are my favorite. I have to get more of it.

I started sewing, cutting and trimming the squares to make the blocks.
This pattern is a lot more work then the previous Schnibbles pattern that I've made.
I worked on it for over three hours.
All I have done is the baskets half square triangles sewn and trimmed.
Lots and lots and lots of trimming. My arm hurts.

It doesn't help that I got the H1N1 vaccine this week in my left arm and it really hurts.
It's been three days and my arm is still very sore. But hopefully it will protect me from getting it.

Well, I hope you are all well. I will keep working on this project this evening.
I have to work in the morning, so I don't want to stay up too late.
Have a good night.

Hugs Ariane

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New Stuff!!!

Hi everyone!! I got a new washer and dryer today!!! YEAH!!!!!! I have been doing my laundry....some by hand and the rest at the laundrymat for the last four months. Awwh!! It's been a long four months. We finally were able to afford the washer and dryer we wanted and it was delivered today. Wow!!! What a difference. I've had so much extra work because of the laundry. We are five people....and you know how kids are. They dirty a lot of clothes. So, I've been happily doing my laundry all day.

I also got a few things in the mail that I had never showed on my blog. I had ordered some discount books from Martingale & Company. These were 5 books for $25 dollars. I didn't know what books I would get. But I'm happy with the ones I received.

I had also ordered a few bundles of fabric. I bought some the Authentic fabrics and some Nature-ology fabrics. I love both of these collections. I ordered these from the Fabricshoppe.

I also got fabric from Flair for Fabric: a fat quarter bundle of Jennifer Paganelli Dance with me "Sunrise" and a rose damask in red. I really love these too.

Did I say that I was addicted to buying fabric?

Hugs Ariane

Monday, November 9, 2009

Got "Don't Look Now" patterns in the mail!!!

Hi everyone! I worked today, and haven't done any sewing yet tonight. But I did get some wonderful mail. I had ordered two patterns from Kellie at Don't Look Now. They are so wonderful. I just love these patterns. I'm hoping to make a few of these pillows for my daughters bedrooms. Aren't they just amazing. I don't know when I'll work on these, but I do have a lot of material that I can use for these. I wouldn't have to buy any. Hmmmmmm!!!!

Hugs Ariane

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A beautiful day at the football field!!

Hi everyone! Today I spent the day at the football field. My oldest played in the regional finals with his Junior High School Team. My sons team won the finals. It was a very close game, but the team played very well. It was a real nail bitter. The weather was amazing. A perfect day to be outside and spending time with the family. It was very exciting. As you can see in the photo above, the boys were very happy about their win. I hope you all had a great day.

Hugs Ariane

Friday, November 6, 2009

Motivation to finish projects.....

Hi everyone, I hope you are well!! I've been working on so many swaps and little projects lately that I haven't worked on some of the projects that I've started a while back. I know that I'm not the only one with UFO's. It's one of the side affects of becoming addicted to quilting and fabric. You just always want to start something new. Well, I sent out my last swap of the year. I've been really good and didn't sign up to any more swaps so that I can work on some of my projects. I've done 8 swaps this year. I think that's pretty good. So, here's the list of projects that I need to finish.

  1. Schnibbles Cindy Lou Who Quilt - needs to be quilted
  2. Woodland Bloom Quilt - need to finish the border then quilt it
  3. Hexagon Star Quilt - hand piecing this top, have 6 rows of 17 stars done, 9 rows of 17 to go
  4. Rocky Road to Kansas Quilt - 6 blocks done, 6 blocks to make
  5. Shabby Roses BOM - 4 blocks done, 8 left to do
  6. 9-patch Quilt Along - Not very far along, need to work on this one
  7. Sister's Quilt - need to sew the blocks together to finish the top
Now, my "I want to make" list is much longer .  But I"m trying to not think of those too much. I'm going to try to work on these projects this month. I'm still going to make the Schnibbles quilt if I get the pattern on time. But I really do want to get some of these done. Let's see if I can get some of these projects done. Even if I get only one totally done and some progress on others, I'll be happy. But I'm really going to try hard not to start any new projects. That's going to be really hard. Well I hope you all have a great night.

Edited to add....... Well, since I plan to work on all these projects, I might as well join the "Joy of New Year Challenge" by Jacquie at Tallgrass Prairie Studio. I'm going to try to get as many of these projects done before the New Year. So let's get to work!!!!
Hugs Ariane

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I finally finished my Winter White Schnibbles quilt!!!

I'm done!! Yeah! Today, I finished my Winter White Schnibbles quilt. I'm so excited to be done. I spent the morning quilting it and then it took me the rest of the day to hand stitch the binding to the back. I just finished it a few minutes ago. I love the way this quilt turned out. It's not perfect, but still very pretty. I used fabric from my stash for this quilt. I usually buy fat quarters, and that's what I used. I even pieced the back with blocks cut from some of the fat quarters that I used for the front. I decided to make a simple nine patch block for the back. I think it's cute. I even pieced left over strips of fabric to make the binding. This quilt is being gifted so I took lots of pictures to remind me of it. I really like this pattern. I may have to make another one like this at some point. It was not the easiest, but I love the look of it.

On another note, last night I went to my local quilt guild meeting. I had so much fun. Some of the long time members of the quilt guild had their very own truck shows. Six members showed their quilts and shared their stories. It was so much fun. I had some good laughs. I think it was one of the most enjoyable nights out I had in a while. I'm really happy I was able to go this month. I hope you are all well!!

Happy Stitching!!!

Hugs Ariane

Monday, November 2, 2009

Amazing packages in the mail!!!

I got home from work today and my husband said:
"Hey Honey, You got some more mail! How come you always get packages in the mail?"
Hmmmm! A little bit jelous I think! Well, he should be.

I got the most amazing package from Caryn @ Pieceful Chaos. She was my swap partner for the flickr placemat swap. She made me 6 wonderful matching snowman placemats. I just LOVE them. They are amazing. She made them out of the softess flannels. I feel so blessed to have received such a gift. Thank you so much Caryn. I'm so excited about them.

Then, I also received my package from Fahrenheit 350. She sent me a sample of her traditional sweet log. It was eaten by MOI in about 60 seconds. I did have to savor it a little. Mmmmmm!!! It was delicious and sweeeeeeeeet!!! I loved it!!! Thank you so much Kitty!!

As you can see, I was very excited after work. This just made my day. Thanks to both Caryn and Kitty. I'm so very blessed!!!!

Hugs Ariane